Jackson Heights Cinema

40-31 82nd Street,
Jackson Heights, NY 11373

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RobertR on July 14, 2014 at 9:08 am

Such a busy area surprising this cant make a go of it, very sad.

gd14lawn on January 17, 2014 at 3:57 am

Hope it manages to come back again. A lot of the beautiful interior is still intact.

Metropolite on January 15, 2014 at 9:35 am

DNAInfo reports that the theater has closed. Evicted for owing back rent.


gd14lawn on May 24, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I don’t know but I attended movies there in 1997-2000 and it was a triplex that entire time.

Coate on May 23, 2013 at 7:58 am

In which year was this theater converted into a triplex?

cblog on November 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I went here a few times, but have not one distinct memory. Of interest around the front of the theater was the frieda jensen candy store and merkel meats. Jeannie S. and I rode our bikes to Newtown High School each day past the back of this theater and onto Hampton Street.

robboehm on September 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Don’t depend on nearby theatres to be correct. I’ve complained about this before. What’s even wilder is when it says there are NO theatres and more than a half dozen exist. They have made attempt to fix this nor have they responded to my several comment to the webmaster.

Tinseltoes on September 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

“Nearby Theaters” neglects to mention the Colony Theatre, which was only a block away and the Jackson’s closest competition.

Tinseltoes on May 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

The struggling owner owes $100,000 in back rent: nytimes

DougD on May 13, 2012 at 4:02 am

May 13, 2012 New York Times interview with current owner.


michaelkaplan on February 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

As kids, we used to eat in the great Kosher deli next door, then see a movie at the Jackson. Here’s a list of movies I saw there: The Long Gray Line, Kiss Me, Kate (3D), Dial M for Murder (3D), Ben Hur, Vertigo, Porgy and Bess, Ship of Fools, Judgment at Nuremburg, Freud.

Tinseltoes on October 9, 2011 at 8:18 am

It was originally known as Jackson. No “Heights” was ever necessary. Patrons were coming mainly from the area, not from out of state.

Jeffrey1955 on October 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

“Jackson Heights Triplex” would be more specific. “Jackson Triplex” could be in Jackson, Mississippi!

Tinseltoes on October 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

To be honest, I think that Jackson Triples is a better name, since it’s more specific. Jackson Heights Cinema suggests a single screen. The plural Jackson Heights Cinemas would be better, though “Cinema” in the singular or plural is a bit high falutin' for that rough-and- tumble area of Queens. Years ago, Jackson Heights was considered quite “chic,” but no longer.

Jeffrey1955 on October 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

It’s odd that it’s still being advertised as Jackson Triplex, since the 2010 Daily News story specifically said it was being renamed Jackson Heights Cinema. Did they perhaps delay the renaming until the new equipment, also referred to in that story, was installed?

rcdt55b on October 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

Yes they are biligual. Also, they will be running 3-D soon. They are starting major upgrades to the equipment next week.

Tinseltoes on October 8, 2011 at 7:01 am

Is this still running Spanish-subtitled prints of the latest Hollywood releaes? Yesterday’s full-page ad in The New York Times for “Real Steel” did not mention a bi-lingual version. The ad also shows the theatre’s name as Jackson Triplex (not Jackson Heights Cinema as displayed here).

Tinseltoes on August 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Here’s a link to a photo of the largest of the current three “screens,” which retains some of the original decor: queensbuzz

gd14lawn on April 9, 2011 at 2:06 am

I saw some movies here in the 90’s when I lived in Queens. Always loved the place and thought it was fortunate to have been designed the way it is (with the stadium seating at the rear) which made it possible to triplex without disturbing the main auditorium.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I can’t seem to open the Jackson Heights Cinema website. Theater still seems to be open, however and listed on moviefone. Seems that one of the screens may have a split schedule between two different films… and the showtimes seem really tight considering length of the movies playing. I suppose not being part of a chain, there’s probably a minimal amount of trailers and none of those annoying “Sneak Peak” type of pre-show video programs you get at Regal and Clearview.


Here’s a 2007 shot of the marquee and entrance.

Found this on a Facebook group dedicated to photos and memories of growing up in and around Queens, mostly Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights.

Tinseltoes on July 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Mentioned in 1925 article about Queens movie theatres: View link

michaelkaplan on June 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Does anyone remember seeing Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder at the Jackson in the 1950s? If so, was it screened in 2D or 3D? I seem to recall it being shown in 3D ..

Tinseltoes on June 12, 2010 at 7:11 am

The rejuvenated Jackson Triplex is mentioned in the last few paragaphs of sn article about Jackson Heights tourism in the June 10 issue of Queens Chronicle. The first Hollywood film to open under the new management was the re-make of “Karate Kid,” with Spanish subtitles. The other two screens are occupied by Bollywood films with English subtitles. The concession stand now offers samosas, kabobs and tacos im addition to camdy, popcorn, and sodas.
View link

Tinseltoes on June 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm


Tinseltoes on May 21, 2010 at 8:53 am

Is this now an exclusive showcase for Hindi movies, or will they also be presenting films from other countries, as well as mainstream Hollywood releases? And how many of the three “screens” are being booked?